Owen Polley

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Varadkar's Brexit election could backfire

After a number of false starts, the Republic of Ireland is in the middle of its “Brexit election” campaign and …

By Owen Polley

Friday, 10 January 2020

Stormont breakthrough might reboot power sharing but it won't solve Northern Ireland's long-term problems

The British and Irish governments have published a draft deal aimed at restoring Northern Ireland’s power-sharing institutions. It was released …

By Owen Polley

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Dublin badly needs a free trade agreement with Britain after Brexit

While many voters in Britain greeted Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal last year with relief, it inspired anger among unionists in …

By Owen Polley

Thursday, 19 December 2019

If Northern Ireland gets a power-sharing deal it could contain the seeds of the next crisis

Crisis talks to restore power-sharing have become a pre-Christmas tradition in Northern Ireland. This year, the political parties had one …

By Owen Polley

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Boris has failed Unionists - but that doesn't mean they should support Corbyn

The Labour party has promised to avoid creating a regulatory border in the Irish Sea, according to its general election …

By Owen Polley

Monday, 7 October 2019

Boris and the DUP put Northern Ireland's place in the UK up for negotiation

Last October, a Bloomberg reporter asked Arlene Foster whether she could accept differences in product regulations between Great Britain and …

By Owen Polley

Friday, 13 September 2019

Review: We Need To Talk About Putin challenges Russian caricatures 

You could fill shelves, bookcases, probably even whole libraries with books that promise to explain Vladimir Putin. Often, these volumes …

By Owen Polley

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

IRA nostalgia must be challenged as we remember 50 years of the Troubles

This week is the fiftieth anniversary of riots in Londonderry that led to the deployment of troops in Northern Ireland. …

By Owen Polley

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Tory leadership candidates make their pitch to Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s five hundred or so Conservative members are not accustomed to being the centre of media attention these days. …

By Owen Polley